Fall Orientation Events

Fall Orientation was a hit! Thanks to each and every one of the Orientation Leaders, staff members and new students for bringing their enthusiasm and passion into the online space.

If you have further questions about student life, please connect with our Ask Me team or check out Online Orientation for resources. 

Events Overview

This year's Fall Orientation events are an exciting mix of social opportunities, games, information sessions and question and answer periods. Taking place entirely online, your Orientation Leader (a senior-level student) will lead you and a group of your peers through both days. If you haven't already registered, please sign-up for Fall Orientation.

Please note: All live/synchronous events will take place in Mountain/Standard time.

Welcome messages

This is your first official welcome to the University of Calgary. We’ve prepared a montage of remarks from your Orientation Leaders, special messages from campus leadership, and a keynote address from Keeta Gladue of the Writing Symbols Lodge.

Faculty information session

Faculty Orientation introduces students to the degree streams, advising staff and some of the instructors that make up their chosen faculty and department. Learn about social clubs, extra-curricular opportunities and expectations in this exciting event.

Get to know your peers

Introduce yourself to your Orientation Leaders and other students in your faculty through casual activities and games over Zoom.

Campus Resource Fair

Familiarize yourself with key campus services at the Campus Resource Fair. Join campus departments in a video chat to discuss their services and engage in 30 - 45 minute elective sessions that explore a topic further. Elective sessions will be held on both days of orientation.

University introduction

This is your chance to ask us questions! Following a presentation about wellness services, academic success tips and co-curricular and social programming, we open the floor for a Q&A about the kinds of student services available to you.

Scavenger Hunt

You and your peers will team together to compete in fun challenges that will teach you about campus and services for students. Challenges can be completed from home and are available to all new students with an internet connection. New challenges will be posted weekly until the end of September.

Each faculty at UCalgary has a colour that represents it. As a student in the Faculty of Arts, we would like to remind you to wear red during your orientation events. Also, please ensure that you are available for the dates and times listed below.

To access Friday's orientation events, please check the email that was sent to you on Thursday evening for your  connection link. If you are having trouble connecting or have not received the email, please contact our virtual help desk for assistance.

  1. Thursday, Sept. 3

    8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  2. Friday, Sept. 4

    10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Each faculty at UCalgary has a colour that represents it. As a student in the Haskayne School of Business, we would like to remind you to wear blue during your orientation events. Also, please ensure that you are available for the dates and times listed below.

To access Friday's orientation events, please check the email that was sent to you on Thursday evening for your  connection link. If you are having trouble connecting or have not received the email, please contact our virtual help desk for assistance.

  1. Thursday, Sept. 3

    8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  2. Friday, Sept. 4

    9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Each faculty at UCalgary has a colour that represents it. As a student in the CRDS program at the Cumming School of Medicine, we would like to remind you to wear dark green during your orientation events. Also, please ensure that you are available for the dates and times listed below.

To access Friday's orientation events, please check the email that was sent to you on Thursday evening for your  connection link. If you are having trouble connecting or have not received the email, please contact our virtual help desk for assistance.

  1. Thursday, Sept. 3

    10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  2. Friday, Sept. 4

    9:00 a.m. - noon

Each faculty at UCalgary has a colour that represents it. As a student in the Schulich School of Engineering, we would like to remind you to wear orange during your orientation events. Also, please ensure that you are available for the dates and times listed below.

To access Friday's orientation events, please check the email that was sent to you on Thursday evening for your  connection link. If you are having trouble connecting or have not received the email, please contact our virtual help desk for assistance.

  1. Thursday, Sept. 3

    8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m..

  2. Friday, Sept. 4

    9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Each faculty at UCalgary has a colour that represents it. As a student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program at the Cumming School of Medicine, we would like to remind you to wear dark green during your orientation events. Also, please ensure that you are available for the dates and times listed below.

To access Friday's orientation events, please check the email that was sent to you on Thursday evening for your  connection link. If you are having trouble connecting or have not received the email, please contact our virtual help desk for assistance.

  1. Thursday, Sept. 3

    8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  2. Friday, Sept. 4

    11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Each faculty at UCalgary has a colour that represents it. As a student in the Faculty of Kinesiology, we would like to remind you to wear light green during your orientation events. Also, please ensure that you are available for the dates and times listed below.

To access Friday's orientation events, please check the email that was sent to you on Thursday evening for your  connection link. If you are having trouble connecting or have not received the email, please contact our virtual help desk for assistance.

  1. Thursday, Sept. 3

    10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  2. Friday, Sept. 4

    11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Each faculty at UCalgary has a colour that represents it. As a student in the Faculty of Nursing, we would like to remind you to wear purple during your orientation events. Also, please ensure that you are available for the dates and times listed below.

To access Friday's orientation events, please check the email that was sent to you on Thursday evening for your  connection link. If you are having trouble connecting or have not received the email, please contact our virtual help desk for assistance.

  1. Thursday, Sept. 3

    8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  2. Friday, Sept. 4

    10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Each faculty at UCalgary has a colour that represents it. As a student in Open Studies, we would like to remind you to wear red during your orientation events. Also, please ensure that you are available for the dates and times listed below.

To access Friday's orientation events, please check the email that was sent to you on Thursday evening for your  connection link. If you are having trouble connecting or have not received the email, please contact our virtual help desk for assistance.

  1. Thursday, Sept. 3

    10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  2. Friday, Sept. 4

    11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Each faculty at UCalgary has a colour that represents it. As a student in the Faculty of Science, we would like to remind you to wear golden yellow during your orientation events. Also, please ensure that you are available for the dates and times listed below.

To access Friday's orientation events, please check the email that was sent to you on Thursday evening for your  connection link. If you are having trouble connecting or have not received the email, please contact our virtual help desk for assistance.

  1. Thursday, Sept. 3

    10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  2. Friday, Sept. 4

    11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Each faculty at UCalgary has a colour that represents it. As a student in the Faculty of Social Work, we would like to remind you to wear light yellow during your orientation events. Also, please ensure that you are available for the dates and times listed below.

To access Friday's orientation events, please check the email that was sent to you on Thursday evening for your  connection link. If you are having trouble connecting or have not received the email, please contact our virtual help desk for assistance.

  1. Thursday, Sept. 3

    8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  2. Friday, Sept. 4

    11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Each faculty at UCalgary has a colour that represents it. As a student in the Werklund School of Education, we would like to remind you to wear light blue during your orientation events. Also, please ensure that you are available for the dates and times listed below.

To access Friday's orientation events, please check the email that was sent to you on Thursday evening for your  connection link. If you are having trouble connecting or have not received the email, please contact our virtual help desk for assistance.

  1. Thursday, Sept. 3

    8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  2. Friday, Sept. 4

    10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

International student orientation: September 1, 9:30 a.m.  - 10:30 a.m.

Please note: All Fall Orientation events will take place during Mountain Standard time. While it is encouraged that you attend all events when hey are delivered, faculty orientation sessions will be posted to D2L the following week for students to watch when they are able.

How do I connect to Fall Orientation?

  1. Have you registered for Fall Orientation using the form on our homepage?
  2. Did you receive an email after you registered? If not, please re-register using your UCalgary email address.
  3. If you are still not receiving an email, please click on the domestic undergraduate or international undergraduate links for instructions on how to get help.

International Student Orientation

A session specific to international undergraduate degree-seeking, exchange, and visiting students at UCalgary will occur on Tuesday, September 1. For more information about International Student Orientation, please visit the International Student Services website.

If you are an international graduate student, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies orientation webpage, or the International Student Services orientation webpage.

  1. If I'm in the Schulich School of Engineering, which program should I choose?

    The Orientation registration page has now been updated with an "Engineering: First year student" option (scroll to the bottom when selecting program). If you have gone ahead and chosen a different engineering program - that's ok too! Either way, you’ll receive all the important information relevant to your faculty.

  2. The registration form gave me an error when I tried to submit - what happened

    If you were given an error message, try completing the form at a later time. Sometimes the website is being updated or is under high usage which can result in an error message. As long as you register prior to September 3, you will receive all the information needed to attend Orientation.

    Other suggestions for troubleshooting this problem include trying to complete the form on a different device, use a different browser, or turn off add block or privacy software on your browser.

    If you didn’t receive a confirmation email there’s a chance you inputted an invalid email and we would encourage you to resubmit the form.

  3. Are you an Indigenous, Graduate or Resident Student whose orientation event is not listed?

    If you are an International Student:

    International Student Orientation events take place September 1.

    International students are encouraged to complete the Fall Orientation registration form and indicate that they are an international student. If you have questions specific to your status as an international student, please contact Kirsty Gruber at kirsty.gruber@ucalgary.ca

     

    If you are an Indigenous Student:

    The Indigenous Orientation takes place on September 1 and 2. The program is mandatory for students in the Indigenous Student Access Program (ISAP), and is optional for first-year Indigenous students. Indigenous students are also encouraged to attend the main Fall Orientation events, and should register using the form on our homepage.

    If you have questions specific to your status as an Indigenous student, please contact Karen MacDonald at karen.macdonald1@ucalgary.ca

     

    If you are a Graduate Student:

    Graduate Student Orientation events take place September 2. Please visit our homepage for a link to the registration form, or visit the Faculty of Graduate studies for information about your event schedule.

    If you have questions specific to your status as a graduate student, please contact Kim Suvan at kim.suvan@ucalgary.ca

     

    If you are a Resident Student:

    Residence Orientation events take place August 25. Residence students are also encouraged to attend the main Fall Orientation events, and should register using the form on our homepage.

    If you have questions specific to your status as a resident student, please contact Laurel Wilkie at laurel.wilkie@ucalgary.ca OR Nicole Dalli at nicole.dalli@ucalgary.ca

  1. How do I access Desire2Learn (D2L)?

    You can access your D2L by using the same log-in credentials used to access your myUofC (see below for further instructions on setting up your IT account). Log-in to D2L using the Central Authentication Service and you will be able to access your account.

    This video is a great resource explaining the ins-and-outs of D2L's use at UCalgary. Many courses will not become available on D2L until closer to or on the first day of classes. As a first-year student, you currently have access to the Online Orientation D2L course. This is a great resource where you can learn about academic expectations, student services and extra-curricular opportunities on campus.

  2. How do I set up an IT Account and UCalgary email address?

    Your IT account gives you access to many important services across campus, including your email, campus WiFi, D2L (Desire2Learn, Brightspace), and myUCalgary.

    You can register your IT account at http://itregport.ucalgary.ca

    If you have already registered your account and have forgotten your username or password, you can recover this information online at http://password.ucalgary.ca 

  1. When will campus tours become available?

    There are currently no plans to hold in-person campus tours prior to classes. Fortunately, there are other great ways to explore campus at this time! The office that hosts campus tours has online resources that allow you to watch pre-recorded campus tours, sign-up for live virtual tours, and explore 360 maps of campus. I would highly recommend checking out the short video clip at the bottom of this page, as it shows some favourite spots on campus (including a few hidden gems).